The Building Work Starts!

Examining the remains of the cottage

The cottage with the external extensions removed

The cottage has been reduced to a basic shell, with all of the later additions and extensions removed. The dry stone walls have been dismantled and piled up in a large stone heap at the end of the garden. The foundation work for the new extensions should be going in during the first week in April.

Inside the cottage

Original wall layouts inside the cottage

Here’s the inside of the cottage with all of the internal walls removed. This has revealed some clues about how the cottage may have originally been configured. The far end was probably the kitchen/living room.

Old kitchen sink support

Old kitchen sink support

We found a porcelain support stand  that presumably held up the original kitchen sink under the window on the far right.The windows were enlarged at the time that the bathroom/bedroom extension was added in the 1960s. It also looks like the lean-to kitchen was originally a shed that was accessed from the outside but a door was added from the inside when the other alterations were made.

Original wallpaper

Original wallpaper

There was some old wallpaper that had been covered over with lath and plaster. There were at least two layers of wallpaper on the original plastered walls that had been hidden away for the last 50 years.